Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp and Learning Centers
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Current Job dates:

Currently recruiting for jobs that start between April 22nd, 2024 and October 25th, 2024.

  • Facilities Worker

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $15.51 - $16.17 / hour

    The essential duties of this position are to maintain sanitation and grounds at the University of Maine 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove. This position is part-time seasonal (May-October) and is located in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor, Maine.

    The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally-focused programs for Maine youth and families in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Our mission is to teach youth and adults to be effective and caring citizens of the earth through affordable environmental education and fun nature-based experiences.

    Responsibilities

    • Perform general janitorial duties including cleaning sinks, toilets, and showers on a daily basis; sweeping and mopping; and ensuring all soap and paper products are regularly stocked.
    • Maintain facilities and grounds, including mowing, weeding, gardening, trimming trees, and picking up litter.
    • Operate and maintains a variety of vehicles, equipment, and tools; complete routine maintenance on equipment, tools, and vehicles. 
    • Make minor building repairs, move furniture and equipment, and perform related duties.
    • Follow proper safety protocols when handling and working with materials and chemicals associated with cleaning.
    • Report maintenance issues and equipment failures as appropriate.
    • Maintain inventory within assigned area of responsibility.
    • Adhere to safety procedures, including reporting mechanical and/or safety issues.
    • Perform other duties of a similar nature as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Ability to follow directions and work independently
    • Ability to provide exemplary customer service
    • Ability to perform manual labor
    • Ability to understand Material Safety Data Sheets
    • Ability to pass required safety training
    • Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

    Positions in this class typically require the Ability to perform physical activities that require talking, hearing, seeing, and considerable and repetitive use of arms and legs and moving the entire body, such as reaching, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, feeling, climbing, lifting, bending, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. Heavy work: The ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Lifting and exerting a force of more than 50 pounds requires assistance by another employee (s) or mechanical assistance. Individual forces must never exceed 50 pounds. Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, fumes, odors, dust, poor ventilation, chemicals, and/or oils.


    Compensation:

    • Part-time, 30-36 hours per week
    • $15.51-$16.17 per hour (pre-tax)
    • Benefits include optional rustic housing, meals during programming


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

  • Food Services Supervisor

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $20.20 / hour

    The kitchen staff at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove work closely with the directors to ensure the dietary needs of everyone at camp are met. The Food Services Supervisor (aka Lead Cook) will work with the camp director in ordering food, creating schedules, and making sure the kitchen is kept at Maine State health code standards. This position is part-time seasonal (April-October) and is located in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor, Maine.

    The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally-focused programs for Maine youth and families in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Our mission is to teach youth and adults to be effective and caring citizens of the earth through affordable environmental education and fun nature-based experiences. For the 2023 program season, the Food Services Supervisor will prepare 2-3 meals per day for up to 100 people.

    Responsibilities

    • Prepare and cook healthy meals and snacks for the camp, using whole foods and fresh produce
    • Safely operate commercial cooking equipment: mixer, dishwasher, and stoves; know when machines and knives need repair and specialized cleaning.
    • Work as part of a team with other cooks and kitchen assistants in all aspects of food service operations
    • Oversee and assist staff in safe food preparation, serving, and clean-up.
    • Model safe and efficient ways of working in a commercial kitchen.
    • Maintain a clean and sanitary kitchen facility in compliance with State of Maine standards and regulations.
    • Work with directors in menu planning, food ordering, and preparing menus.
    • Utilize produce from the camp’s garden.
    • Pack up food after each meal and help clean the kitchen so it is ready for the next meal to begin.
    • Follow established protocols for the camp composting program.


    Qualifications

    • Prior experience cooking nutritious and wholesome foods for large groups in a commercial kitchen
    • Current ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification (this is a requirement of the DHHS, if unable to attain we will work with qualified hired candidates to do so)
    • Understanding of food allergies/dietary restrictions and how to safely accommodate them
    • High safety and sanitation standards
    • Attention to detail
    • Ability to work a demanding schedule
    • Flexible, team player
    • Training and/or experience in sanitation, food preparation and protection, hygiene, and record-keeping
    • Complete health screening and appropriate background checks


    Dates and Compensation

    • Roughly, mid-April to early-November
    • Part-time, 20-40 hours per week (note some weeks in spring and fall season will be less hours due to fewer programs)
    • $20.20/hour per hour (pre-tax)
    • Benefits include: optional rustic housing, meals during programming


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

  • Program Leader

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $500.00 / week

    The University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world.  

    As a 4-H Program Leader, you will work closely with the Director and Program Coordinator to ensure a successful summer program for both counselors and campers. Each week will vary in duties and intensity depending on which programs are in camp and where support is needed.  As a staff support team member, you will play a crucial role in mentoring best practices for maintaining program quality, participant safety and wellness, and staff wellness. Time management and the ability to work independently at times are necessary. 

     Responsibilities  

    1.  Attend staff training and assist with facilitation.  Help to educate staff regarding daily community responsibilities and program area specifics: day camp, residential camp, trips and leadership, waterfront supervision, or supervision of staff under 18 years of age 
    2. Serve as a support person for staff and a liaison between staff and camp administration. In this role, be prepared to facilitate the resolution of group conflicts among staff or campers and strive to develop a cooperative setting that encourages problem-solving and decision-making.  
    3. Check-in weekly with each staff member in your living unit/group. Regularly monitor the conditions of the living unit to ensure health, safety, and harmony for campers and staff  
    4. Meet with camp administration regularly (weekly) to discuss areas of camp needing support (SST meetings) 
    5. Assist with regular night-time camp-wide “rounds” and after-midnight curfew checks. Provide night coverage as scheduled.  
    6. Substitute into cabins for weeks when extra counselors are needed  
    7. Evaluate the program with camp administration at least twice during the summer. Assist camp administration in one-on-one staff check-ins twice during the summer.  
    8. Role model good stewardship for the environment, and support our efforts by participating in the garden, composting, and adopting sustainable practices throughout all aspects of your role.  
    9. Participate in community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required. Aid and/or support in other areas of the camp as needed. Be able and prepared to drive the camp van when needed. 


    Qualifications 

    • At least 3 years related experience working in a camp setting, 21+ age preferred 
    • Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming 
    • Commitment to working with children in a high-energy overnight setting 
    • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (facility and camp trails) while carrying a small backpack with teaching materials and first aid kit 
    • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification 
    • Hold a valid driver’s license with the ability to drive camp vehicles, tow canoe trailers at times 


    Preferred Qualifications 

    • Previous experience working at either Tanglewood or Blueberry Cove
    • Wilderness First Aid or First Responder
    • lifeguard certification 


    Dates and Compensation

    • June 9-August 31, 2024
    • $500/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience, certifications, and responsibilities
    • Rustic housing is provided and meals when programs are in session; staff are responsible for assisting with some meal preparation and clean up; laundry facilities and internet are available


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

  • Day Camp Educator

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $450.00 / week

    The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor.  Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world. 

    As a Day Camp Educator, you’ll spend your days working with youth ages 5-11 in an outdoor setting. Day Camp Staff work in teams to plan and lead hands-on, engaging programming that encourages community, creativity, and respect for one another and the environment.

    Goal: A successful Summer Educator models a positive, accepting, and respectful attitude to create an inviting and supportive environment in which all can grow, learn and thrive alongside the Earth.


    Day Camp Educator Responsibilities

    • Work in a team to develop, coordinate, and implement daily camp programs that offer hands-on environmental learning for campers ages 5-11. Activities will be offered in outdoor and indoor areas and topics may include gardening, ecology, watersheds, art, drama, STEM, music, and cooperation. Topics can be taught through exploration, games, puppetry, art, songs, and stories.
    • Welcome parents and provide communication regarding schedules, individual campers, safety, behaviors, etc.


    Shared Responsibilities

    • Work closely with the camp team in all programming to create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience.
    • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times.
    • Help manage and maintain supplies, equipment, and living spaces in a way that ensures equitable, safe, and sanitary use in an organized and respectful manner.
    • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and good stewardship for the environment.
    • Participate in staff meetings, community chores, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required to contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp.
    • Strictly and responsibly follow all health-related protocols during working and non-working hours.
    • Develop a good rapport and positive relationships with fellow staff and parents. 


    Required Qualifications

    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Minimum 2 years previous camp or related experience working with youth; for day camp specifically in early childhood education. 
    • Demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming.
    • Ability to work with children in a high-energy outdoor setting with long hours. 
    • Capability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (camp trails and facility), while carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies.
    • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification or the ability to get certification before the start date.


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Lifeguard certification
    • Wilderness First Aid certification


    Dates and Compensation

    • June 16-August 16, 2024
    • $450/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience, certifications and responsibilities; additional bonus added for overnight responsibilities
    • Includes rustic, shared housing, meals during program sessions, laundry, and internet access


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

  • Overnight Camp Educator

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $450.00 / week

    The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor.  Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world. 

    As an Overnight Camp Educator, you’ll spend your weeks working with youth aged 8-14 in an outdoor setting. Staff work in teams to plan and lead morning focus programs, afternoon electives, and evening programs (creative arts, STEM, archery, general ecology, gardening & cooking, marine ecology, wilderness skills, 4-H Hunter Safety, conservation education, and drama are examples of potential themes). 


    Goal: A successful Summer Educator models a positive, accepting, and respectful attitude to create an inviting and supportive environment in which all can grow, learn and thrive alongside the Earth.

    Overnight Camp Educator Responsibilities

    • Live in a cabin with campers and, along with a co-counselor, create the necessary atmosphere for a safe and positive camp experience (staff/camper ratio = 1:4-8).
    • Plan, implement and evaluate a hands-on curriculum for youth in a week-long, morning program (8-16 youth per group, 1:8 ratio max).  
    • Help to plan and carry out camp activities such as afternoon elective programming (teaching 1 lesson per day), special events, opening and closing ceremonies, evening programs, campfires, etc.
    • Actively engage with campers during all program activities, cabin times, and mealtimes.


    Shared Responsibilities

    • Work closely with the camp team in all programming to create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience.
    • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times.
    • Help manage and maintain supplies, equipment, and living spaces in a way that ensures equitable, safe, and sanitary use in an organized and respectful manner.
    • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and good stewardship for the environment.
    • Participate in staff meetings, community chores, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required to contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp.
    • Strictly and responsibly follow all health-related protocols during working and non-working hours.
    • Develop a good rapport and positive relationships with fellow staff and parents. 


    Required Qualifications

    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Minimum 2 years previous camp or related experience working with youth; for day camp specifically in early childhood education. 
    • Demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming.
    • Ability to work with children in a high-energy outdoor setting with long hours. 
    • Capability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (camp trails and facility), while carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies.
    • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification or the ability to get certification before the start date.


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Lifeguard certification
    • Wilderness First Aid certification


    Dates and Compensation

    • June 16-August 16, 2024
    • $450/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience, certifications and responsibilities; additional bonus added for overnight responsibilities
    • Includes rustic, shared housing, meals during program sessions, laundry, and internet access


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

  • Day Camp Counselor

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $400.00 / week

    The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor.  Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world.

    Camp Counselor Goal: Model respectful and supportive community living while ensuring the fun and safety of all. Model/support an accepting and respectful community where all can grow and learn to live responsibly in balance with the Earth.

    Day Camp Counselor Responsibilities

    • Assist with planning and delivery of hands-on natural history and outdoor skills, lessons, games, and activities. Topics such as the water cycle, insects, birds, marine, forest, and freshwater ecology are taught through exploration, games, puppetry, art, songs, and stories.
    • Engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation, and meal times.
    • Support the Day Camp Educators in welcoming parents, providing a safe atmosphere, and doing other duties as assigned.


    Shared Responsibilities

    • Participate fully in staff training and meetings, and contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp program.
    • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and stewardship for the environment.
    • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times.
    • Help to plan and carry out other camp activities: evening programs, special days, and opening and closing ceremonies.
    • Participate in community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required.
    • Responsibly follow all community health-related protocols during working and non-working hours.


    Qualifications

    • Completed senior year in high school or high school equivalent or be 18 years of age at the start of the camp season (or have permission to work from the Director).
    • Motivation to work with children in a high-energy, outdoor setting.
    • Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming.
    • Previous camp or related experience working with youth.
    • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain, carrying a small backpack with teaching supplies and first aid kit
    • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification or the ability to get certification before the start date.


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Lifeguard certification
    • Wilderness First Aid certification


    Dates and Compensation

    • June 16-August 16, 2024
    • $400/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience, certifications and responsibilities, additional bonus for the addition of overnight responsibilities
    • Includes rustic, shared housing, meals, laundry, and internet access


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

  • Overnight Camp Counselor

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $400.00 / hour

    The 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor.  Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world.

    Camp Counselor Goal: Model respectful and supportive community living while ensuring the fun and safety of all. Model/support an accepting and respectful community where all can grow and learn to live responsibly in balance with the Earth.

    Overnight Camp Counselor Responsibilities

    • Live in a cabin with campers and, along with a co-counselor, create the necessary atmosphere for a positive camp experience (staff/camper ratio = 1: 4-8)
    • Engage actively with campers during lessons, recreation, evening programs, and meal times.
    • Assist in teaching a 2.5-hour morning program focus.
    • Plan, lead, and teach four one-hour afternoon “elective” activities each week.


    Shared Responsibilities

    • Participate fully in staff training and meetings, and contribute to the ongoing improvement of the camp program.
    • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and stewardship for the environment.
    • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times.
    • Help to plan and carry out other camp activities: evening programs, special days, and opening and closing ceremonies.
    • Participate in community chores, meal service, and miscellaneous maintenance duties as required.
    • Responsibly follow all community health-related protocols during working and non-working hours.


    Qualifications

    • Completed senior year in high school or high school equivalent or be 18 years of age at the start of the camp season (or have permission to work from the Director).
    • Motivation to work with children in a high-energy, outdoor setting.
    • Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming.
    • Previous camp or related experience working with youth.
    • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain, carrying a small backpack with teaching supplies and first aid kit
    • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification or the ability to get certification before the start date.


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Lifeguard certification
    • Wilderness First Aid certification


    Dates and Compensation

    • June 16-August 16, 2024
    • $400/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience, certifications and responsibilities, additional bonus for the addition of overnight responsibilities
    • Includes rustic, shared housing, meals, laundry, and internet access


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

  • Program Coordinator

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $700.00 / week

    The University of Maine Cooperative Extension at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused summer camps for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world.  

    As a Summer Program Coordinator (SPC) at Tanglewood/Blueberry Cove, your role is pivotal in ensuring the success of diverse Summer Programs. Collaborating closely with the Director and program leadership team, you’ll be responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating our overnight camp, leadership and trips programs. You will serve as a mentor for staff, providing supervision, support, and feedback. You will also be a key support for campers, leading check-in sessions and being a point person for challenging conflicts. The Summer Program Coordinator supports the intangible magic of camp, melding education, engagement, and fun creatively. You have a deep appreciation for summer camp and are committed to creating positive, life changing experiences for campers and staff.

     Responsibilities  

    1. Support Camp Director by providing coordination, in a team setting, to plan, promote, conduct, and evaluate the Summer Programs at Tanglewood/Blueberry Cove. This includes Overnight Camp, Day Camp, and Leadership Programs.
    2. Plan and co-facilitate a week-long, comprehensive staff training
    3. Assist with hiring and staff onboarding prior to the start of camp
    4. Assist in the training, supervision, and evaluation of the summer staff. Facilitate meetings for program planning, debriefing, and community building
    5. Serve as role model to inspire the staff to lead youth in a constructive and creative manner, offer support and guidance to counselors
    6. Organize daily/weekly schedules for 25+ staff, including morning focus, afternoon electives and evening programs.
    7. Serve as Director on duty when Camp Director is off site, including scheduled overnight responsibility each week
    8. Work with camp program team to develop, acquire, maintain, and improve the teaching materials, resources and equipment that are needed to carry-out the summer program.
    9. Assist with development of marketing materials, including catalog copy, press releases, camper recruitment, website, etc.
    10. Assist with maintaining records of programs and submit periodic reports.
    11. Be available to assist the camp director in additional administrative duties as required.
    12. Lead weekly meetings on Sunday to establish camp rules and expectations for health, safety, and behavior.
    13. Meet with camp administration regularly (weekly) to discuss areas of camp needing support
    14. Evaluate programming with camp administration on an ongoing basis. Assist camp administration in one-on-one staff check-ins twice during summer.
    15. Aid and/or support in other areas of camp as needed. Role model good stewardship for the environment, and support our efforts by participating in the garden, composting, and sustainable practices throughout all aspects of your role.
    16. Return all equipment and facilities in good condition upon completion of program. Complete end of season inventory.


    Qualifications 

    • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in related field or related experience
    • At least 3 years related experience working in a camp setting, 25+ age preferred
    • Experience developing environmental curricula and programming
    • Experience leading staff trainings or in-services
    • Experience supervising staff and providing positive mentorship
    • Experience maintaining websites and working with camp management systems
    • Role model healthy living, positive energy, and clear communication
    • Must demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming
    • Commitment to working with children in a high-energy overnight setting
    • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain (facility and camp trails) while carrying a small backpack with teaching materials and first aid kit
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule, live in camp during summer season, and work some additional evenings and weekends
    • First Aid and Basic Life Support certification
    • Hold a valid driver’s license with the ability to drive camp vehicles, tow canoe trailers at times


    Preferred Qualifications 

    • Previous experience working at either Tanglewood or Blueberry Cove
    • Wilderness First Aid or First Responder
    • Lifeguard certification 


    Dates and Compensation:

    • April 22 – October 18, 2024 (6 months)
    • $700/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience, certifications, and responsibilities
    • Rustic housing is provided and meals when programs are in session; staff are responsible for assisting with some meal preparation and clean up; laundry facilities and internet are available
  • Trips and Leadership Program Instructor

    Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor
    $500.00 / week

    As a trip and leadership program instructor, you will serve as a mentor and coach as teens learn different leadership styles while hiking, canoeing, and camping adventures during multiple-week sessions. Programs will focus on leadership styles, communication skills, group building, and environmental education and ethics. To be effective, instructors must have a genuine interest in building their capacity as positive role models through teaching applicable hard skills needed to find success.  

    Responsibilities

    • Attend and actively participate in a two-week-long paid staff training where practical skills are practiced, reviewed, and tested to ensure comfortability when leading and teaching campers
    • Co-lead 1, 2, or 3-week outdoor leadership programs for teenagers (co-ed, max. 10/session). Each program session includes a 3-6 day camping, hiking, and/or canoeing trip. NOTE: Include some weekend work during the program session.
    • Plan lessons and schedules and implement a leadership curriculum that covers a variety of skills including listening, communication, team-building, low-impact camping, conflict resolution, canoe safety, canoeing skills, map and compass, general ecology, personal health and safety, and knot-tying.
    • Prepare food for trips and coordinate logistical support, food/equipment deliveries, emergency support, etc.
    • Supervise and ensure the safety of campers at all times; facilitate resolution of group conflicts and strive to encourage problem-solving and decision-making; live in and supervise cabin of up to 6 program participants.
    • Role model healthy living, positive energy, clear communication, and good stewardship for the environment.
    • Actively engage with campers during lessons, recreation, and mealtimes.
    • Evaluate the program regularly with the Program Leader and Director.


    Qualifications

    • High School diploma or equivalent
    • Minimum of 2 years related experience working with teenagers and teaching in the outdoors or equivalent
    • Experience leading camping/backpacking/canoeing trips
    • Ability to lead groups outdoors over various terrain with 35+ lbs. packs for extended days and the ability to assist in carrying canoes (85 lb.) with others
    • Demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor camp programming
    • Wilderness First Aid & CPR and lifeguard certification (or ability to obtain before the start of training)


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record
    • Wilderness First Responder, Small Craft Water Safety Certification
    • Ability to obtain a trip leader permit (we train for this as part of your orientation, must pass the test with 85%)


    Dates and Compensation:

    • June 12-August 16, 2024 (end date may be extended by one week
    • $500/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience and certifications
    • Includes rustic housing, meals during program sessions, and community (staff) spaces with internet access


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

  • Open Air Classroom Environmental Educator

    Lincolnville
    $500.00 - $550.00 / week

    The 4-H Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove provide environmentally focused outdoor education programs for Maine youth in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor. Programs emphasize community living, respect for others, fun, safety, responsibility, and the joy of being a part of the natural world. Tanglewood in Lincolnville, Maine has 900+ acres of forest, extensive hiking trails, and a pristine river with native Atlantic Salmon. Blueberry Cove, located on the ocean in Tenants Harbor, Maine, provides many outdoor opportunities including sailing and kayaking. 

    As an Environmental Educator, you will provide hands-on ecology immersion for students as part of our Open Air Classroom. All school programming is customized and highlights our Earth Connections curriculum and BEETLES teaching methodology. Programs work with students across grades K-12. As an Educator, you will develop and implement the program curriculum, schedules, and new projects. 

    We look for staff to join us for the entire program season April - early November, but we are open to discussing shorter one-season options or seasonal combinations. Staff that work for the full 6 month period will receive a an additional pay bump.

    Spring Appointment: Mid April through early June 2024; educators focus on our Open Air Classroom programs with school, working primarily with 2nd-8th grade students in day and overnight programming at Tanglewood or supporting day and after school programs at Blueberry Cove.

    Summer Appointment: Mid-June through mid-August 2024; educators serve in roles during summer programs, either as program leaders, day camp or overnight camp educators, or teen leadership instructors.

    Fall Appointment: Mid-September through early November 2024; programs run similarly to the Spring season.

    Goal: foster a sense of community between students and teachers that draws from the interconnectedness of the natural world; encourage curiosity in students through modeling your own curiosity for learning; and contribute to the further development of engaging and meaningful experiential programs. 

    Spring/Fall/Winter Responsibilities:

    • Develop and teach hands-on, ecology, STEM, group building, and outdoor skills-based lessons to grades K-12 for the day, overnight, and after-school programs
    • Deliver programs in schools and at multiple sites, including our learning centers in Lincolnville and Tenants Harbor, ME (some travel is required)
    • Contribute ideas for the continual development of programs, interpretive trails, and educational displays
    • Work independently and with staff to develop and maintain teaching resources
    • Participate actively in staff training, ongoing professional development, and daily staff meetings to plan and evaluate programs
    • Take part in routine tasks of cleaning and kitchen duties, gardening, general camp chores, and upkeep of program spaces to support the staff community
    • Demonstrate responsible and safe decision-making skills in all aspects of outdoor programming
    • Transport students in University vans to program sites
    • Foster interpersonal relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect
    • Typical work week Monday through Friday with some evening (1-2 nights per week no later than 9 PM) and weekend program responsibilities


    Required Qualifications:

    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Experiential education experience with youth, preferably in an outdoor setting
    • Knowledge of ecological concepts and natural history
    • Ability to work in an active, outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions
    • Safely lead groups over various terrain (uneven ground, roots, uphill hiking), while carrying a small backpack with teaching and first aid supplies
    • Basic First Aid/CPR certification, complete upon arrival 
    • Hold a valid driver’s license with the ability to drive camp vehicles, tow canoe trailers at times 


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Wilderness First Aid
    • Lifeguard certification 


    Dates and Compensation:

    • Spring, April 22 - June 7, 2024; Summer, June 12 - August 16, 2024, and September 6 - November 3, 2024
    • $500-$550/week (pre-tax) with increases dependent on experience and certifications and additional bonus for a commitment to all 3 program seasons
    • Rustic housing with kitchen facilities provided; meals provided when overnight programs are in session, staff are responsible for assisting with some meal preparation and clean up


    In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

How to Apply

The first step of our application process is to complete our online application form (or email a resume and cover letter). From there, we will schedule interviews with our shortlisted candidates and contact references. We encourage all interested applicants to apply, even if you feel you do not meet all the criteria for the position you are interested in.


Contact Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp and Learning Centers